Cold and stormy weather has not deterred Tuolumne County Aquatic Masters swimmers from racing in two winter meets. Swimmers over the age of 35, swam at the Palm Desert Aquatics Center which hosted the Desert Senior Games on February 12. On March 19, masters swimmers competed at the University of California at Berkeley Aquatic Center in the team’s annual spring meet.
Cheryl Harms, 65, found huge success as she moved into a new age division, 65-69. She raced to first place in all four of her freestyle events in Palm Desert.
Harms scored in both the sprint and distance events. She won the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free.
At the Berkeley meet, Dave Fairfield, 77 led the team with first place finishes in three events. Fairfield competing in the 75-79 division won the 50, 100 and 200 free events.
Fairfield was joined at the bay area meet by team mates, Pete Fogarty, 65 and Bob Wilson, 73.
Being a strong breaststroker, Fogarty won the 100 breast. In his first attempt at the 200 IM, he finished in 3rd. In the 50 breast, which was less than a second off of his best time, Fogarty placed fourth.
Wilson focused on the sprint events. He placed fourth in the 50 free, 50 breast and 50 back. Both the free and breast were close to his personal best.
The TCAM swimmers are focusing on the Pacific Masters Short Course Championships next month. The team hopes to field several strong relays. Over 500 masters swimmers are expected to participate in the championship meet to be held at Campolindo High School in Moraga.